She says, ‘“You want me to be someone I’m not!” I sobbed. “I’ll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be!”... “Is wish I wasn't your daughter”... “Too late to change this,” my mother said… “Then I wish I was dead! Like them!”... Alakazam!- her face went blank’ (Tan). In this instance, Amy hated what her mother was
Without the physical act of retaliation, there would be nothing to discuss. When discussing feminism, the theme that both The Awakening and A Doll’s House bring up, it can be argued that the women’s acts of rebellion were more harmful to their families than helpful. One factor unmentioned in the discussion of Edna and Nora’s rebellions are the families that both women left behind. Both Nora and Edna ultimately abandoned their children in an attempt to find a greater sense of self. Thus, Nora and Edna betray their obligation and duties as mothers.
Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20). Nanny is successfully able to convince her granddaughter through her own traumatic experiences and make her feel “sympathy” as she tells Janie she doesn’t want her life to be spoiled like her own life was. At first, Janie refuses to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny being the older one, defends herself by saying “put me down easy” since she can no longer care for Janie and only her wish is for Janie to get married and be protected from the dangers she and her own daughter faced. By calling herself a “cracked plate” Nanny further elucidates that she went through many hardships in her own life and wants to do the right thing for her granddaughter by
‘You can run away, but you cannot escape the fact that I am your mother…’” (Kincaid 95). Since Lucy believes that her mother is a victim of a patriarchal system, she wants to disassociate herself from her mother and the submissiveness she represents. She also feels betrayed by her mother because her mother encouraged Lucy’s brothers to become successful and independent, while failing to defend her gender and expecting Lucy to become a nurse - a subordinate position – instead of a doctor, implying that Lucy is meant to take instructions and submit to the patriarchal rule that is a feature of the neocolonial system. Since Lucy expects her mother to be loyal to her gender and empower her, it bothers her that her mother wants nothing more than a nursing job for her. She is also angry at her mother for marrying her father, and not pursuing a grander goal that would defy society’s
According to Patria one of the three sisters involved in the movement, states that she and her other sisters were not willing to offer their family for the revolution until Minerva did “But Minerva, your own child- I began and then I saw it did hurt her to make this sacrifice she was convinced she needed to make” (Alvarez, 155). Patria’s compelling words show the determination of Minerva to end the sadistic presidency. Minerva doesn’t not want to give up her child but she does so for what she believes in. Such determination leads to worthiness of the sister’s sacrifices. Dede, the only sister who survived insists that she would have joined her sisters but she couldn’t because of her husband “Even so that night, her ears still ringing from Jaimito’s shout, Dedé had been ready to risk her life.
This can be further seen in Rosefeldt’s article,” this trap or mystique is what the story’s protagonist is fighting against, but she sees no alternatives, nor can she define or clearly express her problem. The sorrowful woman represents a type of woman who was not meant to be defined as a wife and mother and who finds herself trapped with no options”(Rosefeldt). The husband hires a nanny and the mother fires her just because she does not like her. (Godwin 41) Eventually, the mother retreats to her room, and the only communication with her and her family is sliding notes under the door. These actions show that the mother is an
What Coraline realizes later is that no one is everything to someone. “To be totally all for someone, in fact, is to cease to exist, to be possessed (which is what the other mother offers) (Rudd).” The other mother is manipulative and controlling, she wants to be everything to Coraline to own her. Like when she says, “They say even the proudest spirit can be broken... with love. (Coraline, 2009)” After being offered to stay she realizes this and decides to stay in her world. Coraline knows that she can’t be everything to her parents, but they are not everything to each other either.
During their marriage, she struggles to keep pieces of herself alive, the pieces of herself Nathan repressed. Orleanna even admitted that she “encountered her own spirit less and less” (200). Nathan has chipped away at her essence and she accepts that because she won’t leave him or challenge him. When she got the chance to be alone, usually when he went away on revival, once or twice Orleanna found herself “putting on red lipstick to do the housework” (200). She can’t wear red lipstick in front of Nathan because he would find it immodest and would punish her.
I'm fine. You're the one who needs help. Your values are all confused” (Walls ). While Jeannette is trying to help her mother and bring her back into her life, she's unwilling to receive the help. Instead, she would rather stay in a hopeless world planted her mind and rejects her daughter.
She then continued to pursue Robert but did not want to marry him because she doesn’t want him to own her. Her headstrong ways continue throughout the novel but she realizes she cant handle the isolation and ends up killing herself. Leonce starts the novel as a man content with his marriage, family, and reputation. But as his wife’s action change, he is forced to change his focus from going to work and hanging around to fixing his wife’s actions. Plot